Feng Shui masters say Ox year likely full of burden

Fri Jan 23, 2009 1:48am EST
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By James Pomfret

HONG KONG (Reuters Life!) - More global financial woes, and even more strife, are on the cards for the Chinese lunar Year of the Ox, according to Hong Kong's respected soothsayers who say it might not end in tears after all.

Hong Kong, an Asian financial hub known for its ultra-capitalist ways, reveres its feng shui masters and fortune tellers -- men and women who draw on ancient Chinese traditions to predict the future, offer investment advice and help mere mortals make sense of their destiny.

The Year of the Ox, which starts on Monday, could prove another tough one for everybody, including U.S. President Barack Obama.

"The Year of the Ox will be a number nine fire year," said Raymond Lai, a seer in the city. "And the color is purple, so the fire energy will be very intense ... this could bring fire disasters or war, racial conflicts and things like that."

Practitioners of feng shui maintain the universe is made up of five elements -- earth, water, fire, wood and metal -- that define the collective mood in our environment.

Alion Yeo, who predicted major financial turbulence last year as well as a major disaster in the East, sees further seismic shifts in global financial markets come May and June this year.

"There will be another major crisis, the bubble will burst again in the U.S. and it will be worse than last year," said Yeo, who counts top bankers and celebrities among his clients.

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